PhD Scholarship on Tackling Vaccine-Preventable Infectious Diseases in Central Queensland, Australia – Re-Emering Infectious Diseases (Measles, Mumps)

Vaccine coverage gaps and waning immunity are likely to cause of recent measles and mumps outbreaks in Australia. However, reasons for low vaccine coverage and waning measles and mumps immunity in regional Australia leading to repeated outbreaks are largely unknown. Moreover, rigorous scientific evidence from sero-surveillance and correlative immunity data from Australia are scarce. This information is essential to develop effective preventative public health strategies. The PhD project will conduct one of the study components of a funded research project exploring the causes for measles and mumps resurgence in regional Queensland and predictors of measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine failure. The project will be implemented at the Central Queensland Public Health Unit (CQPHU) under the direct supervision of Prof Gulam Khandaker, Director, CQPHU. The successful candidate will be primarily affiliated with the CQUniversity and based at the CQPHU, Rockhampton.

Scholarship Value: $27, 596 p/year ($82,788 total)

Length of Scholarship: 3 Years

Number Available: 1

Opening Date: 14 November 2019

Closing Date: 05 December 2019

Study LevelPostgraduate (Research)
Year of StudyFuture/First Year
CitizenshipAustralian Citizen; International
Study RegionRockhampton
Study ModeOn-campus
Study LoadFull time

To be eligible for the Scholarship, an applicant must:

  1. Have completed a bachelor’s degree in Medicine (e.g. MBBS), or Master’s in Immunolgy/Microbiology/Public Health/Epidemiology/ Statistics/ One Health/ any other relevant field or a qualification regarded as equivalent by CQUniversity.
  2. Be approved for admission and enrolling in, a Doctor of Philosophy in Health at CQUniversity, and
  3. Enroll full-time and be an internal candidate at CQUniversity’s Rockhampton campus

Applications are invited from candidates who have or can demonstrate:

  1. Strong research skill; sound track record of working in Infectious diseases studies particularly for prevention and control of vaccine-preventable infectious diseases.
  2. Abilities to review and critique literature extensively and systematically and skills for good academic writing
  3. Well-developed computer skills, including experience with Microsoft office and statistical software.

Previous experience of performing statistical analysis including risk-factor and surveillance data analysis would be essential. Preferably, the candidate should have a master’s degree in Public health/Epidemiology/Statistics/Infectious Diseases/One health.

If available, examples of academic writing (e.g. published academic articles, research reports, thesis)

Your application should be submitted via email to Professor Gulam Khandaker (Email: no later than 5.00 p.m. (AEST) on 04/12/2019. In your application, please include:

  1. A covering letter, highlighting your motivation for undertaking research in the area of Infectious Diseases Surveillance and your research experience in this area,
  2. Your current resume and, if available, a list of your publications and research projects you have contributed to,
  3. A list of two referees and their contact information,
  4. If available, examples of academic writing (e.g. published academic articles, research reports, thesis)
Applicants will be notified via email to their nominated email address as soon as the application outcome is available.